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The Courage to Stand Alone by Jingsheng Wei
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Mar 11, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: memoir-bio, non-fiction, asia
Read in January, 1998

This is a phenomenal memoir. Wei Jingsheng was active in China's Democracy Wall movement with the posting of his "Fifth Modernization" on the wall in 1978. His calls for democracy as a fundamental right landed him a political prison sentence in the Chinese prison camp system. Wei was released as part of the run up to the Beijing Olympics bid. He was able to negotiate the release of his letters written from prison (and never sent by the prison authorities). The book consists of his "Fifth Modernization" essay and the letters from prison, including ones to Deng Xiaoping. If you have an interest in democracy movements, this is well worth reading.
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